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    hardest districts to race in?

    someone recently mentioned to me that a district in California was the hardest area to race in, with the DC area being second. Has there been anything written about something like that? It'd be interesting to see where each location ranks up, but more importantly how someone would even decide on that.

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    Chicago. July.
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    Don't know. But someone tell me the easiest district to race in. Daddy needs upgrade points.
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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    DC? sure.
    Last edited by botto; 05-26-09 at 03:36 AM.

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    Districts are uncomparable.
    This thread will be silly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YMCA View Post
    This thread will be silly.
    You're being overly pessimistic.

    I've never raced in the States, and have little to offer on the current situation.
    However, I do feel that in a few short years, this district might be very tough.

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    I moved away about 12 years ago, but Colorado used to be a pretty interesting district to race in during the early/mid 1990's. Pro/1/2 fields had some surprising euro-pros turn up from time to time (over here doing altitude or mountain training) and even cat3 fields had a fair share of pro mountain bikers show up--particularly for mountainous road courses--Tinker Juarez, John Tomac, Travis Brown, Rishi Grewal to mention a few. I even remember seeing Bob Rolle ride a cat3 road-race in Durango after he'd changed his focus to mountain biking! The strangest of all had to be when Jeannie Longo raced as a cat3 under an assumed male name. No one could figure out who the feck the scrawny little rider who went up hills so quickly was.

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    Eastern Nebraska... due to the ultimate lack of racing.
    It's incredibly hard on the psyche to wait so long in between events.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SushiJoe View Post
    Eastern Nebraska... due to the ultimate lack of racing.
    It's incredibly hard on the psyche to wait so long in between events.
    Ever think of moving for your sport?

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    Quote Originally Posted by YMCA View Post
    Ever think of moving for your sport?
    Yep!
    I'm stuck here for 2 more years while I finish my MA and MFA (I'm a huge glutton for punishment), but then the wife and I are eying Ft. Collins.

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    what sort of fine arts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SushiJoe View Post
    Yep!
    I'm stuck here for 2 more years while I finish my MA and MFA (I'm a huge glutton for punishment), but then the wife and I are eying Ft. Collins.
    good thing you're getting an MA, because as you probably know, an MFA stand for Mostly F___ All.

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    English, specifically, writing - creative nonfiction specialization.

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    should be enough to get a public school gig

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
    good thing you're getting an MA, because as you probably know, an MFA stand for Mostly F___ All.
    True! But, it's a terminal degree.
    I'm burnt out on quantitative and qualitative research and enjoy writing creatively more anyway. Win/win.
    Except that I won't be a "Dr."

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    they have Arts PhDs these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
    they have Arts PhDs these days.
    As it seems that I'll be a life-long graduate student at this rate, that is definitely still something to consider down the road.

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    ^^ don't do it.

    I'm waiting for

    1) Norcal is the toughest
    2) Socal is
    3) You guys just don't understand until you've ridden in CO
    4) CO used to be tough but now that WR is in TX, it's rough there
    5) NE is a ballbuster b/c everyone has built-up rage from the winter months
    6) umd explaining there are fast guys everywhere, they just go deeper some places
    Quote Originally Posted by mr_tom View Post
    Cycling isn't a sport. It's more like a really, really expensive eating disorder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kudude View Post
    ^^ don't do it.

    I'm waiting for

    1) Norcal is the toughest
    2) Socal is
    3) You guys just don't understand until you've ridden in CO
    4) CO used to be tough but now that WR is in TX, it's rough there
    5) NE is a ballbuster b/c everyone has built-up rage from the winter months
    6) umd explaining there are fast guys everywhere, they just go deeper some places
    Yeah, it seems like we have this same thread every 3-4 months, with the same answers, from the same people.

    You've condensed them very well, though.
    "If a non personal post makes you feel as if you've been attacked, maybe the problem IS you."

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    Quote Originally Posted by kudude View Post
    ^^ don't do it.
    Go back for a PhD or become a lifelong grad student?

    Quote Originally Posted by kudude View Post
    I'm waiting for

    1) Norcal is the toughest
    2) Socal is
    3) You guys just don't understand until you've ridden in CO
    4) CO used to be tough but now that WR is in TX, it's rough there

    5) NE is a ballbuster b/c everyone has built-up rage from the winter months
    6) umd explaining there are fast guys everywhere, they just go deeper some places
    Nebraska or the North East? I'm nearly positive you meant the latter.
    Where does the Pacific Northwest figure into that list? Just wondering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SushiJoe View Post
    Go back for a PhD or become a lifelong grad student?



    Nebraska or the North East? I'm nearly positive you meant the latter.
    Where does the Pacific Northwest figure into that list? Just wondering.
    The lifelong grad student one. Yeah, I meant New England, but have no experience with Nebraska, other than spending a weekend at UNL.

    The guys in the pacific northewest are too busy jerking each other off on the CX loop to worry too much about racing except for the couple of big stage races which are their biggest tourist draw of the year....
    Quote Originally Posted by mr_tom View Post
    Cycling isn't a sport. It's more like a really, really expensive eating disorder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kudude View Post
    The lifelong grad student one. Yeah, I meant New England, but have no experience with Nebraska, other than spending a weekend at UNL.

    The guys in the pacific northewest are too busy jerking each other off on the CX loop to worry too much about racing except for the couple of big stage races which are their biggest tourist draw of the year....
    You're right. I likely should eventually pay off these student loans vs. acquiring more.

    Re: the PNW,

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    From everything I've read on bf, I can only conclude that the toughest ride in the world must be in Nyack.
    Putting the Duh in Floriduh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kudude View Post
    The lifelong grad student one. Yeah, I meant New England, but have no experience with Nebraska, other than spending a weekend at UNL.

    The guys in the pacific northewest are too busy jerking each other off on the CX loop to worry too much about racing except for the couple of big stage races which are their biggest tourist draw of the year....
    either that, or posing in their rapha shirts while sipping a triple decaffeinated mochoa frapuccino light, with a twist of lemon.

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